The two of us had a nice date night at Market Grille in Manchester. The philosophy behind this restaurant is all-American, from the creative cuisine to the extensive beer, wine and spirit offerings. The location is perfect for this time of year, too, as the restaurant sits atop Buckland Hill with a beautiful view of the surrounding woods (foliage!) with the Hartford skyline (and sunset!) in the distance. So romantic! It's still warm, so take advantage of their outside seating area, which is heated for those upcoming chillier nights.
Chris enjoyed the beautiful heirloom beet salad, slow-roasted pork osso bucco that was served with a roasted tomato and zucchini risotto, and a slice of pecan pie. Amy loved her cheesy baked penne appetizer that she followed up with the grilled hangar steak with sides of roasted carrots and a delicious root vegetable puree (although to have both seemed a little redundant), and a chocolate peanut butter sundae made with Manchester's own Shady Glen ice cream. An added bonus? They had a small selection of wines available at a special $25 per bottle!
We're hoping our exuberance and photos will encourage you to head there or to your favorite CT spot. Restaurant Week ends Sunday, so get out there and enjoy!